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British Airways to launch new London Gatwick to Milan Bergamo flights and increases Cancun

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British Airways announced a new route to Italy on Thursday – Gatwick to Milan Bergamo.

Flights start on 1st September and will operate six days per week.

Whilst 45km from Milan itself, which makes it an odd choice if that is your destination, Bergamo is very well placed for Lake Como and is also within driving distance of Lake Garda.  It will also open up access to a number of ski resorts in the Alps.

Tickets are available, for cash and Avios, on

British Airways Negus livery

And additional flights to Cancun ….

British Airways added a PS. to its press release on Bergamo to say that Cancun will move to five flights per week this Winter.

Unhelpfully, BA didn’t tell us how many flights it was previously operating or which days will see the additional flights!  If you fancy a Cancun break, however, it is worth taking a look at as the usual two Club World and four World Traveller seats per flight should be freely available on the new service, whichever one it is …..

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards. You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.

Capital on Tap Visa card

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (86)

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  • Scallder says:

    Article in the Times today about a review by Which? of airport lounges. Focussed on paid for – best were 1903 at Manchester, The House at Heathrow T4 and No 1 in Heathrow T3 all which got 4 stars. None for 5 stars and general overview was that often people are better off just spending their money in the terminal.

    Best bit though was that they reviewed 2 BA lounges and the Galleries Club Lounge at T3 was given 3 stars as the food was described as “canteen fare”. Defintely hit the nail on the head!

    • Lady London says:

      Surprises thé good in thé British Airways louanges at Heathrow even got three stars at all. Most days i’d give it 2 at very best or more likely, 1.5

      • Lady London says:

        *That was…..surprised the *food

      • Rob says:

        I was in that Which? Travel report, I am guessing my bits have not been copied into the Times.

        • Shoestring says:

          but it’s from 2018

        • Shoestring says:

          [The airport experience can conjure up a mix of excitement and anticipation about your upcoming trip. So which airports can you expect to send you off in style, and which could leave you stuck in a lengthy queue? To find out, we asked passengers about their airport experiences and with more than 11,000 responses you can use their views to fly from the best UK airports and avoid the worst.]

          Well, a nice lounge is great of course but a convenient/ good value flight that gets me where I want to go is about 1000 times more important… you might have particularly good lounges on your wishlist but are you really going to switch from the best flight to a lesser one just to enjoy the lounge?

        • David says:

          Not just the flight – also the destination! I decided to book a trip to Hong Kong mostly because of the lounges there…

          See also trips to Gibraltar and Luxembourg, on the basis that they are T3 destinations so can access CX/QF.

    • Catalan says:

      Was Virgin’s Heathrow T3 Clubhouse lounge featured at all?

    • Gerry says:

      I visited the 1903 in Manchester last year on the advice of Rob – great advice as usual, really enjoyed my time there. Thought in particular that the staff were fab.
      Re the Aspire Lounge at Edinburgh Airport, sadly the report seems to have it spot-on. No.1 Lounge at Edinburgh by far the better choice.

      • Alan says:

        Although I like the new No 1 (and it finally has its own loos!) I still find the food selection to be decent in the Aspire. Plus right next to the BA lounge so you can pop in and get 50 Aspire Rewards points, grab some hot food and then head to BA and wait for boarding announcement!

  • TrollBasher says:

    Why the total lack of love for LGW regarding heritage liveries?

    With the exception of the F Lounge, everything seems second hand or an afterthought to BA over there.

    Share the love !

    • Nick_C says:

      A Dan Air and BCal would be nice to see at LGW. (Actually it would be nice if the airlines themselves were still around. Capitalism only works where there is competition).

      • Mike says:

        The DC10s spent time in Landor.

        I appreciate why they wouldn’t want to dig up their takeover past.

        However, a beach fleet B777 in Landor wouldn’t be too much of an ask, surely..?

        Rob, has any comment been made about LGW?

  • Munch says:

    OT – I’m 300 points short for a redemption on Hertz car rental. Anyone know how I can earn the extra 300 points without renting a car? I’ve combined my account with the OH so not sure of any other options.

    • Rash says:

      The only way to earn is on Hertz

      • Alan says:

        Yeah, they used to have a feedback hub that earned points but they closed that (for UK at least)

    • Lady London says:

      Click on thé offers tab(s). They have local offers and global offers to click for. Also check offers on other country H’s especially US and Germany. Remember cost of a day car Hire using the credits varies by Continent. Usually cheapest are weekends.

  • Nigel says:

    OT: I’ve realised I need to buy Hilton Points – does anybody know roughly how often their 100% bonus comes around? I think I’ve just missed one…

  • Bee says:

    For the BA offer…is a return deemed to be 2 flights.

    Also if I book a flight for myself and one for my child who is on the household account, is it deemed to be 2 flights towards the household’s 6 flights ?

  • Aleks Nicole says:

    O/T but way back in Nov 16 HFP ran a piece explaining the ‘best Virgin Atlantic redemption’ at the time (Hong Kong). Now that tax surcharges have been added to these flights therefore making them not nearly as beneficial, what any idea what the best redemption is currently?

    • Freddy says:

      With the exodus from amex this certainly would be of interest

    • BJ says:

      Best redemption is where you want to go at the time you want to go. Somebody commented a few days ago that BA are still not applying surcharges to exUK flights; are Virgin already doing so?

    • Alan says:

      I’d still say ANA F using VS miles for 120k + £400 return is pretty damned good.

  • illuminatus says:

    I have had my Iberia Plus account for over 90 days.

    Am I correct that I need to transfer some points from Amex first to be able to combine Avios with BA Executive Club?

    • Shoestring says:


    • Peter 64K says:

      You need at least one point of activity to combine avios with BA, yes. Amex is one option. The Iberia PluStore is another.

      • illuminatus says:

        Thanks. Are there any restrictions on moving in terms of how often it can be done?

      • Shoestring says:

        but he’s got something to combine already

        • illuminatus says:

          My Iberia account is 0, ie I want to move Avios from BA to Iberia

        • illuminatus says:

          Do I need to open an iTunes Espana account for that? Or clicking through Iberia PluStore is enough?

          Is is quicker than transferring from Amex, which says ‘4 days’?

  • Anna says:

    OT – HH visa (not very topical this weekend, I know!) As I won’t be relying on Platinum Amex for my gold status in future, I’ll be looking to the visa to retain it. I think the spend is £10k per year to retain gold but is this card year or calendar year? Or rolling 12 month period?

    • Anna says:

      Of course I’ve found it now – calendar year, £10k spend gets you old status for the rest of the year plus the following year. I’ll probably manage 24 months without the Platinum as we only refer each other and get travel insurance through work.

      • KBuffett says:

        If you do Diamond status match, are you sure spending £10k a year allows you to retain this status?

        Also, is Revolut still working with a Hilton?

        • TGLoyalty says:

          It allows you to retain gold not diamond.

          Only hitting the actual requirements will help you retain diamond after it lapses as status matches are normally a one time thing.

        • BJ says:

          @TGL, always worth trying a second status match if required, one came good for me.

      • BJ says:

        I think that refers only to retaining gold but I’d be very happy to be proved wrong.

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